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The first Story in the Series with Anne Shirley at age 11 to 16

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ANNE'S BRINGING-UP IS BEGUN 71
"No; you'll call me just plain Marilla. I'm not used to being called Miss Cuthbert and it would make me nervous."
"It sounds awfully disrespectful to say just Ma­rilla," protested Anne.
"I guess there'll be nothing disrespectful in it if you're careful to speak respectfully. Everybody, young and old, in Avonlea calls me Marilla except the minister. He says Miss Cuthbert—when he thinks of it"
"I'd love to call you Aunt Marilla," said Anne wistfully. "I've never had an aunt or any relation at all—not even a grandmother. It would make me feel as if I really belonged to you. Can't I call you Aunt Marilla?"
"No. I'm not your aunt and I don't believe in calling people names that don't belong to them."'
"But we could imagine you were my aunt."
"I couldn't," said Marilla grimly.
"Do you never imagine things different from what they really are ?" asked Anne wide-eyed.
"No." '
"Oh!" Anne drew a long breath. "Oh, Miss—• Marilla, how much you miss!"
"I don't believe in imagining things different front what they really are," retorted Marilla. "When the Lord puts us in certain circumstances He doesn't mean for us to imagine them away. And that re­minds me. Go into the sitting-room, Anne—be sure your feet are clean and don't let any flies in— and bring me out the illustrated card that's on the mantelpiece. The Lord's Prayer is on it and you'll
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